Bill Text

Bill Information

PDF |Add To My Favorites | print page

AB-2091 Fire prevention: prescribed burns: insurance pool.(2017-2018)

SHARE THIS:share this bill in Facebookshare this bill in Twitter
Date Published: 09/21/2018 09:00 PM
AB2091:v91#DOCUMENT

Assembly Bill No. 2091
CHAPTER 634

An act to add Article 4 (commencing with Section 4500) to Chapter 7 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, relating to fire prevention.

[ Approved by Governor  September 21, 2018. Filed with Secretary of State  September 21, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2091, Grayson. Fire prevention: prescribed burns: insurance pool.
Existing law authorizes a person, firm, or corporation, or a group or combination of persons, firms, corporations, or groups, that owns or controls brush-covered land, forest lands, woodland, grassland, shrubland, or any combination thereof within a state responsibility area to apply to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for permission to utilize a prescribed burning for specified public purposes. The Governor has issued an executive order relating to, among other subjects, the streamlining of permitting for landowner-initiated projects for the improvement of forest health and the reduction of forest-fire fuels on their properties. Pursuant to this executive order, a Forest Management Task Force involving specified state agencies has been convened.
This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase the pace and scale of the use of prescribed fire and to reduce barriers for conducting prescribed burns. The bill would require the Forest Management Task Force or its successor entity, on or before January 1, 2020, and in coordination with the Department of Insurance, to develop recommendations for the implementation of an insurance pool or other mechanism for prescribed burn managers that reduces the cost of conducting prescribed fire while maintaining adequate liability protection for lives and property when conducting prescribed burns.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Article 4 (commencing with Section 4500) is added to Chapter 7 of Part 2 of Division 4 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
Article  4. Prescribed Burn Insurance Pool

4500.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to increase the pace and scale of the use of prescribed fire and to reduce barriers for conducting prescribed burns.
(b) On or before January 1, 2020, the Forest Management Task Force or its successor entity, in coordination with the Department of Insurance, shall develop recommendations for the implementation of an insurance pool or other mechanism for prescribed burn managers that reduces the cost of conducting prescribed fire while maintaining adequate liability protection for lives and property when conducting prescribed burns.